De Villiers bites the dust in Polokwane

Team Castrol Toyota was heading for a 1-2-3 finish on the Polokwane Rally on stage 4 of the rally, but stage 5 saw the demise of Giniel de Villiers in the Imperial Toyota Yaris as a result of electrical problems. But then Wilro Dippenaar in the Challenge S2000 Toyota Auris moved in third place.

Giniel de Villiers
Giniel de Villiers

So Toyota still has a chance of achieving a 1-2-3 if Dippenaar can keep the 4th placed Hans Weijs in a Sasolracing Volkswagen Polo at bay. The rally has so far claimed nine retirements including Theo Himmel in a S2000 Challence Volkswagen.

In fifth position overall is Gugu Zulu is a Sasolracing Polo, followed by the S1600 car of Ernie van der Walt in a Ford Fiesta R2, with  Guy Botterill in a Toyota Etios R2 second and sixth overall.

Of the ten S2000 cars that started the event this morning, only five were still running in stage 5. The competitors still have one stage to do today and five more tomorrow.

The Polokwane Rally has certainly taken its toll on the entries. The rally is the seventh round of the SA National Rally Championship and as things stand now Leeroy Poulter should win his first national championship title.

The top five are:

Poulter 47:01.7

Fekken +27.9

Dippenaar +1:14.1

Weijs +1:24.o

Zulu +1:26.5.

In Class S1600 Ernie van der Walt is leading Botterill by 39.7 seconds.

More later.